What lurks beneath? Underwater photographers help us grasp the ecosystems and relics that inhabit deep waters beyond our vision. And since 1965, the Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) competition has awarded prizes to photographers in eight categories.
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All images via the Underwater Photographer of the Year.
Each underwater photographer shares the story behind their winning image.
‘Out of the Blue’ by Nick Blake (UK). Winner, British Underwater Photographer of the Year. “Kukulkan Cenote on Mexico’s Yucatan
‘Orca Pod’ by Nicholai Georgiou (UK). Winner, Most Promising British Underwater Photographer.
‘One in a Million’ by Ron Watkins (USA). Winner, Wide Angle.
‘The wreck of the Louilla at sunset’ by Csaba Tökölyi (Hungary). Winner, Wrecks.
‘Your home and my home’ by Qing Lin (Canada). Winner, Behavior.
‘Dolphins hunting’ by Greg Lecoeur (France). Highly commended, Behavior.
‘Medusa Blenny on the Lookout’ by Jade Hoksbergen (UK). Highly commended, Up and Coming.
‘Backlight Shrimp’ by Fábio Freitas (Brazil). Highly commended, Macro.
‘Silversides at Twilight’ by Tony Myshlyaev (Canada). Commended, Wide Angle.
‘Toads mating’ by Luc Rooman (Belgium). Commended, Behavior.
‘Imp of darkness’ by Damien Mauric (UK). Third place, Portrait.
‘Competition’ by Richard Shucksmith (UK). Runner up, British Waters Wide Angle.
‘Cleaner’ by Liang Fu (China). Third place, Behavior.
‘Green Turtles in the rays’ by Greg Lecoeur (France). Commended, Portrait.
‘Nudi Art’ by Katherine Lu (Singapore). Commended, Macro.
‘Prey?’ by So Yat Wai (Hong Kong). Winner, Macro.
‘Larval Lionfish’ by Steven Kovacs (USA). Commended, Macro.